Friday, 11 May 2012

Umno has pitched Malaysian politics to lowest depths

Umno Baru is celebrating its 66th anniversary although it is only 24 years old as it was legally registered in 1988 after the officially-engineered deregistration of the original party which was why the first and third prime ministers, Tunku Abdul Rahman and Hussein Onn refused to be Umno Baru members.

NONEBe that as it may, it is indisputable that Umno today has reduced politics in Malaysia to its lowest depths as illustrated by yesterday's two disgraceful events - the Perkasa "funeral rite" in front of Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng's house in the state and the invasion of Bersih 2.0 co-chairperson Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan's privacy.

In the former case, a group of 30 Perkasa members showed up at about 10.20 am and in a 15-minute demonstration in front of Guan Eng's house in Pinhorn Road, threw posters of Guan Eng at his front gate and placed a framed photo of him with a garland of flowers to signify his "death" to the Malay community.

What is most deplorable is the total failure of action by the police authorities.The Perkasa "funeral rite" is nothing less than a "death threat" to Guan Eng.

What if question raises head

Is it conceivable that if such a "funeral rite" or "death threat" demonstration had been staged outside the residence of the Prime Minister Najib Razak, Deputy Prime Minister, Muhyiddin Yassin, Cabinet Ministers or those of Umno/Barisan Nasional mentris besar/chief ministers, the police would have been equally passive and indifferent?

What is equally shocking is not only the tacit support for such disgraceful misconduct by the other Barisan Nasional component parties, but there was even a MCA national operative who openly endorsed on the Internet such "funeral rite" or "death threat" protest outside Guan Eng's house!

Would the MCA national operative be agreeable if such "funeral rite" or "death threat" protests are staged outside the residences of MCA ministers, deputy ministers and leaders?

NONEIn the latter case, the petty traders group Ikhlas set up a burgher stall outside Ambiga's house at Bukit Damansara, Kuala Lumpur to protest the loss of income caused by the Bersih 3.0 "sit-in" of April 28.

Both these disgraceful incidents, marking a new low in Malaysian politics, would not have happened under the premiership of the first three prime ministers Tunku Abdul Rahman, Razak, Hussein or even under the fourth and fifth prime ministers, Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Abdullah.

Why then are they happening under the premiership of the sixth Prime Minister of Malaysia Najib Razak?

Is this what Najib meant when he said he wanted Malaysia to become the "best democracy in the world"?

Are Najib and Umno/Barisan Nasional leaders aware of the sense of outrage by decent Malaysians, regardless of race, religion, political affiliation, class, gender or age at the degeneration of Malaysian politics to such depths as illustrated by these two disgraceful episodes against Guan Eng and Ambiga yesterday?

LIM KIT SIANG is the MP for Ipoh Timor.

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